budget cuts http://apr.org en Ala. Drug Cases Halted By Investigation Backlog http://apr.org/post/ala-drug-cases-halted-investigation-backlog <p>State officials say funding cuts and the closure of several drug investigation labs has led to a backlog delaying more than 30,000 criminal cases from going to court.</p><p>Montgomery Regional Laboratory Director Katherine Richert says that nearly 30,400 are unresolved because of understaffing and a spike in cases after the closure of several regional laboratories.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:03:04 +0000 The Associated Press 33063 at http://apr.org Ala. Drug Cases Halted By Investigation Backlog Ala. Governor Signs Law To Repay Trust Fund http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-signs-law-repay-trust-fund <p>Gov. Robert Bentley and legislative leaders kept a promise Wednesday to enact legislation requiring the repayment of $437 million taken from a state trust fund to bolster state budgets.</p><p>Bentley signed a bill passed by the Legislature that mandates the repayment to the trust fund through annual appropriations concluding in 2026. The bill was the first passed by the Legislature in the current session.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:29:12 +0000 The Associated Press 25339 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Signs Law To Repay Trust Fund